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Summer 2008

The informal group of public interest bodies promoting tap water continues to exchange information and respond to and generate media interest. Recent successes include Manchester City Council changing to tap water, but the House of Lords continues to resist.

On 6 March, the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the head of every Government Department suggesting they should replace bought-in bottled water with tap water for all meetings in future.

Spring 2008

The taps are turning: Are we ending our love affair with bottled water? was published in February and, like its predecessor, Have you bottled it? (published in January 2007) generated considerable positive media coverage. Also, like its predecessor, it was researched and drafted by a volunteer; this time Kelvin Cheung. On the basis of this, and a number of other very positive developments in government, the media and by other organisations, Jeanette arranged another meeting (on 24 April, hosted by Waste Watch) of the informal group of public interest bodies to discuss how to capitalise on this success, which was very positive.

Details of the report The taps are turning can be seen at:

Food Facts: A series of short reports on over a dozen different products, shows how people's shopping choices - as well as government policy - can protect the environment, enhance social justice and improve health.

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